Member News

Jenny Aldrich and Don Walke

Jenny directed Dancing in the Elevator for Theatre Odyssey's Radio Show of Ten-Minute Plays and it was awarded runner up. She has written another program, Celebrate the Centennial with Marie Selby. The first production of it was outdoors under a tree at the Garden of Five Senses in North Port. There will also be a Zoom performance on June 25th for Selby Library. Don directed Arthur Keyser's Crime and Punishment for Theatre Odyssey's Radio Show. 

Joanie Anton 

Joanie performed as Mom in Masking by Elizabeth Novotorova for Theatre Odyssey's 9th Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival in February 2021. Joanie's monologue, Where's Daddy, will be performed at Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre in Miami in June 2021. 

Barbara Barnow

Barbara's full-length play, The Couponista, was selected for a reading by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. The reading was held on May 22, 2021. For those interested in watching the Zoom recording, go to 

The Couponista May 22 2021 - YouTube

Michael Bille

As president of Theatre Odyssey, Michael has been busy running two audio festivals, The Student Playwriting Festival in February and the Ten-Minute Play Festival in May.  Coming up will be the One-Act Festival, which will be staged, and the production slate should be known by July.

Steve Black 

Steve has been enjoying life anew in his new home in Venice, FL and spending quality time in the Sarasota Arts Scene.  Aside from his work with SAPS, Steve has adjudicated this year’s 10-minute Student Festival for Theatre Odyssey and directed SAPS’ member, Laurie Stoner’s play for their adult play festival.  Currently, Steve is working on Spiritual Bliss, a play by Stephen Cooper and a finalist for the Players Theatre Festival.

Stephen Cooper 

Stephen’s full-length play, Spiritual Bliss, was selected as one of five finalists in the Player’s Center New Play Festival.  The five plays will be presented August 9-25 by Zoom and possibly a staged reading.  Auditions announced soon.  Steve Black of SAPS will direct Spiritual Bliss.  This play was work-shopped at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival/Southern Writers Project—and presented there to raves from the audience.

Lynne Doyle

Lynn acted in The Players’ production of Spoon River Anthology at Jiggs Landing earlier this year.  She has also participated in readings with Acting Distant and another group from Columbus, OH.

Nancy Hanks 

Nancy is an active performer in Acting Distant and Asolo Rep Theatre Guild Play Readers.  Most recently she played Mrs. Sitggood in The Man on the Floor by Neil Simon and Telephone Operator for 1-800 by Joseph Sorrentina for ARTGPlay Readers.  She is looking forward to the upcoming ARTGPlay Readers Outreach Program 2021/2022 season where she is cast as Sylvia in the play Sylvia, and Sophie Dell Rosa, a Brooklyn Italian housewife in Homecomings.

Arthur Keyser

Arthur’s ten-minute play, We Interrupt This Program, was performed live on four consecutive dates from April 29, 2021 through May 2, 2021 as part of the annual Sauk Shorts Festival at The Sauk Community Theatre in Hillsdale, Michigan.  Arthur’s ten-minute play, Crime and Punishment, was selected as one of eight finalists in the Theatre Odyssey 2021 Festival.  Along with the other seven finalists, the play was presented in radio format on May 20, 2021 through May 23, 2021. Oregon Arts Watch, which is an on-line magazine covering all of the arts within the State of Oregon, had a feature article on ArtAge Senior Resource Center (Arthur’s publisher) in its most recent issue, dated June 9, 2001 Although ArtAge publishes plays by several hundred playwrights from around the country, the only playwright interviewed, and referred to in a separate paragraph within the article, is Arthur Keyser.

Alan Kitty 

Alan is working with a group that offers touring and virtual performances by historical character interpreters. SAPS members who are interested in submitting or performing a piece should contact him for details.

Larry Parr 

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY, is opening a brand-new 200-seat theater this August with Larry’s Ethel Waters-His Eye Is On The Sparrow with Jannie Jones, who starred in it at Florida Studio Theatre.

Connie Schindewolf

The Grout Fairy was produced virtually by Seaside Players Community Theatre in Lauderdale-by-the Sea on March 20 and continued on You Tube.

Mammoth Bones was in the top 20 plays of the 21st Century Voices New Play Festival at American Stage in St. Petersburg.  Connie’s Life On Earth was produced November 20th through the 22nd, 2020 as part of Colonial Playhouse’s Parking Lot Theatre.  Broward College filmed and presented virtually, They’re Gonna Kill Gertie as part of their Take Ten in Pembrook Pines, Florida on April 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Life on Earth was produced by Short & Sweet Dubai at Studio Republic February 27th.  Spark Creative in NYC selected Medical Records for their Women’s Playwriting Festival and it was presented virtually on June 5th.  Connie was an adjudicator for Theatre Odyssey’s 9th Student Play Festival this year in February.  Life on Earth was short-listed for Short & Sweet Sydney.  Theatre Unmasked had a virtual reading of Connie’s The Grout Fairy January 15th.

Jan Wallace 

Jan was in the Players Production of Spoon River Anthology, representing four different characters.  Her play, Togetherness, was one of the eight finalists in the Theatre Odyssey Ten-Minute Play Festival.